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Thursday evening, December 5th, Santa had arrived in Dillon with one of his reindeer for Dillon?s annual lighting celebration.

Amidst all the excitement for the season, and while Santa was inside the La Riva building visiting all the children, the reindeer jumped the enclosure, leading everyone on a healthy jog and sight-seeing trip through town.

Wanting to make sure he got in all the sights of Dillon, and the most fun, swimming across Dillon Reservoir to the Roberts Tunnel, the reindeer wandered throughout the night and most of the next day taking in the beauty of the area.

Finally seeing enough in this trip and after Santa brought some of his other reindeer to see the area, the sight-seer decided to return to his friends assisted by Dillon Police Officer Bryan Wagner and Summit County Animal Control Officer JJ Swirka.

The reindeer are now in preparation for the upcoming flight around the world on Christmas Eve. :huh:   The reindeers made a promise to return next year to again add to the season?s festivities and delight of Children.

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He was just casing out the area getting ready to the big run on Christmas Eve.

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who the first to associate reindeer with 'Santa mythology' ?

why reindeer and not dogs/wolf? they can pull the sled better than reindeer during snowy weathers ...

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why reindeer and not dogs/wolf? they can pull the sled better than reindeer during snowy weathers ...

 

Because everyone knows a dog can't fly like a reindeer can. :D

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"What's that?! I thought I saw a pig fly by."

 

Lol.

 

Because everyone knows a dog can't fly like a reindeer can. :D

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who the first to associate reindeer with 'Santa mythology' ?

why reindeer and not dogs/wolf? they can pull the sled better than reindeer during snowy weathers ...

North pole myth -- where reindeer live close to.

 

http://icr.arcticportal.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=142:flying-reindeer-and-santa-claus-&catid=2:feature-archive&Itemid=7

 

As with many  contemporary myths, the story is a mixture of fact and fiction with a heavy dose of  commercialism. Reindeer have actually been associated with flying for millennia. In the steppe and desert of Mongolia and into the Altai mountains, you can find  'reindeer stones' that are at least 3000 years old. These standing stones are  carvings placed above burial sites and reindeer, flying, with elongated antlers  being their most common motif.

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